Located 35 miles from Sacramento, California, lies the El Dorado AVA. Designated in 1983, it covers most of El Dorado County with beautiful views of the Sierra Foothills.

40 wineries grow 76 grape varietals, and the highest altitude vineyards is 3,500 feet above sea level.

We welcomed Kara Sather, Executive Director of El Dorado Winery Association to talk to us and familiarize us with the El Dorado wine region.

Pre-prohibition, the El Dorado wine region had more vineyards the Los Angeles. The region is very sprawled out and not heavily populated, and you can see the mountains in Tahoe. The American River flows through El Dorado, which one of the top white water rafting destinations in the world.

This is a destination you can go wine tasting, hiking, skiing, and rafting. It’s a region you come to experience!

We got to sample 2 wines from El Dorado – 2019 Skinner Native Red, El Dorado, and 2016 Toogood Estate Zinfandel, Fair Play. They both really show what nice wines the region produces

2019 Skinner Native Red, El Dorado – As one of the country’s first wineries, Skinner dates back to 1861. Wanting to make a unique wine, the Native Red was born. The wine is a blend of Petite Bouschet, Mission, Trousseau, Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, Counoise, Mourvedre, Marsanne, Zinfandel and Viognier. The wine is light in body with notes of raspberry, cranberry, and plum. It’s a fun wine that will be great for a Sunday afternoon.

2016 Toogood Estate Zinfandel, Fair Play – Located on 40 acres of rolling foothills, Toogood Estate Winery produced its first vintage in 2002.The 12 acres of vineyards are planted with Zinfandel, Primitivo, Tempranillo, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petite Sirah. In 2019 the Ron and Darin Mittelstaedt family purchased the winery. Their sons Bradley and Timothy work the day-to-day operation.

The 2016 Zinfandel is a wine that needs to open for a bit. It evolves nicely! It is full of baking spices and ripe dark fruit. As it opens, there are some coffee and cassis notes.

Watch the webinar or listen to the podcast and familiarize yourself with the El Dorado wine region. It might be the next trip you plan